Darlaston, Staffordshire born centre half Ted Pheasant began his football career with Wednesbury Excelsior in 1894 before joining First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 1895. He made his Football League debut on 19 September 1896 in a 3-4 loss at Derby County, but had to wait until the 1898 to become a regular first team selection.
He was an ever-present for two successive seasons during 1899-1901, amassing 168 games for the club over a nine-year stay, scoring 19 goals. He then moved to neighbours West Bromwich Albion in November 1904 for a £500 transfer fee and in the same month made his debut against Manchester United in a Second Division match. He became the club’s captain and was part of The Baggies’ 1907 FA Cup semi final team that lost 2-1 to Everton at Burnden Park, and the same season was described as “a splendid player, a powerful shot. and scored frequently from half back.” In all he appeared in 152 games for Albion in all competitions, scoring 22 goals over six seasons at The Hawthorns.
He joined Darlaston in 1910 but never played a game for them. He died of peritonitis just two weeks after signing for the club, on 17th July 1910 aged 33. His death came about following an incident in which he strained himself playing cricket. Peritonitis set in, but tragically an operation to remedy this proved to be unsuccessful.